Those who have been hoping that the new all-female Ghostbusters tanks at the box offices are dismayed that the movie has received good reviews from critics, and some fanatical haters have undertaken a last ditch attempt to make the movie bomb by filtering out good reviews online.

Fanboys have clubbed together on Reddit in order to mass-organise the effort, claiming that the positive reviews were all part of “Orwellian blietzkrieg propaganda”, which they claim were put together before the movie’s release and were “probably all paid for”.

Melissa McCarthyMelissa McCarthy is one of the stars of the all-female 'Ghostbusters' re-boot

“Obviously the reviews aren’t as bad as we had hoped. So what more can we do at this point to make sure that the public knows that it’s terrible so that it bombs?” one user wrote, while another suggested that the good reviews were “pre-approved” and “pre-upvoted” in order to ensure they got greater exposure. Right…

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More entertaining and edifying has been the social media reaction to the haters’ efforts. “Sounds like a bunch of boys are mad they didn't get asked to be Ghostbusters and a bunch of girls did,” was one taunting response to the Reddit boycott.

The extreme division surrounding the film’s release, between those who want to see the movie fail as they regard it as an insult to the 1984 original, and those who are praising the all-female update, was even referenced by its director Paul Feig.

When the first teaser for the new film was released back in March, it hit headlines for being the worst-received trailer in history. Learning this, Feig decided to “tweak” one of the scenes at the last minute in order to poke fun at the backlash.

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